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Physical Development of Taradale

History: 1900 | 1950

Year Date & Month Event
1858   European settlement in the Greenmeadows-Taradale area began.
1860   First house was built in the district by Henry Alley.
1866   Presbyterians built Taradale's first church sharing it with the Anglicans until the All Saints' Church was built in 1875.
   May Henry Alley subdivided a block of his land into half-acre sections and quarter-acre sections to form a new township, named Taradale.

The township played an important part in district transport as it was a starting point for bullock or horse teams on their way to sheepfarming areas - Puketapu, Redclyffe, Tunanui and the Inland Patea.
 1860s   Settlers were given special rating powers to raise money for flood prevention after a number of bad floods during the late 1960s.

A dam was constructed and completed by 1879 to block the flood waters of the Tutaekuri River. However, Taradale suffered during the great floods of 1893, 1897 and 1924. Floods remained a danger until the diversion of the Tutaekuri River (1936) and the Ngarururo River (1960s).
 1871   Manchester Unity was the first society to open in Taradale at the Loyal Meeanee Lodge.
 1886  August A petition was signed by 94 out of 113 householders in favour of Taradale's claim to town district status and four months later Taradale became a town district.
   29 Dec Taradale's first elections were held.
 1887  August The board raised a loan of £600 (approved by ratepayers two months later) for roads, footpaths and other civic improvements.
 1888   Methodists opened a church at Greenmeadows.

History: 1900

History: 1900 | 1950

Year Date & Month Event
1906 December Taradale became an independent town district responsible for all the Hawke's Bay County Council's former liabilities in the area.
1911 January The board raised a loan of £3,000 to pay for a town hall (on a site purchased in September 1906), erected and furnished later that year.
1916   The town board received a bequest of £350 to improve Taradale's limited street lighting.
1921   Progressive loan proposals totalling £9,000 being approved allowed for the widening of Gloucester Street (then known as Main Road) from the post office to the Methodist Church at Greenmeadows, the construction of a women's rest, the purchase of part of Taradale Park and the completion of the Taradale and District Soldiers' Memorial 1914-18.
    The town board also raised loans for housing and electricity supply. Its housing programme began with a loan of £5,000 for workers' dwellings and together with a further amount of £17,200 provided 31 homes.
1923   The District Soldiers' Memorial was completed and became a well known town landmark.
1924 March The board raised a loan of £9,000 to finance Taradale's linkage with electricity supplied by the Napier Borough Council's power plant.
  December Taradale's electricity supply began.
1927 April Supply remained in the hands of the town board until April 1927 when the HB Electric Power Board acquired the board's plant together with its loan liabilities.
1931   The earthquake of 1931 caused a number of buildings to be destroyed among them were the town hall, band rotunda, infants' school, convent, Omarunui Masonic Temple and Taradale Hotel.
1932 April The town board raised a loan of £2,000 for a new town hall.
  July New town hall opened.
1934 March A loan of £1,150 was raised for a building to house town board offices and the library and this building was opened in March 1934.

History: 1950

History: 1900 | 1950

Year Date & Month Event
1953   Taradale was declared a borough.
1968   Taradale Borough merges with Napier City.

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